The AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association (AASCA) was founded in 2001 by a group of very passionate coffee professionals. The 2010/2011 Executive is:
~ President: Craig Dickson
~ Vice President: Penny Wolff
~ Secretary: Peter Wolff
~ Treasurer: Cam Ballard
~ Education Sub-C’ttee: Penny Wolff
Notice of AGM
The AASCA 2012 Annual General Meeting will be held
Wednesday 29th August at 6:00pm
The First Pour, 22 Bond St, Abbotsford, Melbourne
Formal agenda will be posted online shortly.
The AASCA 2011 Annual General Meeting was held at Dandelion & Driftwood, Brisbane on 26th November.
AASCA are very grateful for the continuing support of our invaluable sponsors.
Our Life Members and our past winners of AASCA competitions.
LIFE MEMBERS: AASCA recognises sustained individual contribution to the Association and to specialty coffee by the award of life membership. Our Life Members are:
~ Rob Forsyth
~ Brain Raslan
~ John Doyle
CHAMPIONS: Since 2002, we have been running the Australian Barista Championship and sending our champions to compete on the world stage at the World Barista Championship.
Find out more about the AASCA judges, some of whom are World Barista Championship certified.
One of AASCA’s agreed objectives is to provide the one path to World Coffee Championships.
These world events are run every year, and AASCA runs championships in each Australian State and Territory to promote our best baristas and coffee professionals, sponsoring the Australian Champions to the world events.
Two main species of coffee are cultivated. Coffea arabica, known as Arabica coffee, accounts for 75-80 percent of the world’s production.
Coffee growing in Australia originated in the 1880’s, however it only re-emerged in the 1980’s after collapse at the turn of the century due to high labor costs. The early growth was centered on Mareeba in Far North Qld as governments shifted farmers out of tobacco production and into new crops, coffee being one of those.
There are two predominant species of coffee grown around the world; Robusta is the lower quality and value coffee, generally associated with low altitude producing regions and is used as the primary constituent to instant coffee. Arabica coffee on the other hand is associated with the “Roast & Ground” sector and is used by most roasters who aim for specialty coffee markets. All coffee marketed as specialty, boutique or with an association of quality is from Arabica Species and all coffee grown in Australia is Arabica.
As a continued effort to provide greater value to members, AASCA is proud to announce Europcar’s offer of discounted rates on car hire for all AASCA members.